Children's Books

BEYOND THE RIDGE, Paul Goble, NY: Bradbury Press, 1989, 32 pp color illustrations. Ages 4 - 9. 0-80327032-1

A story based closely on Lakota belief and custom to help young children understand and deal with the death of someone close -- all too common in Native families. It is Grandmother's time to leave her family and journey "beyond the ridge" to the spirit world. Grandmother's spirit watches and comments as her family prepares her body in the traditional way to be wrapped and placed in a tree scaffolding, beyond the ridge. A sensitive and informative storybook that expresses the concept of passing from one life to a spirit-life which some (but not all) tribes share. Reviewed by Paula Giese

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